The volunteers who run Burnham-On-Sea tourist information centre have been thanked during the community group’s AGM this week.

The 41 volunteers were thanked during the AGM on tuesday evening (June 11th) of BIARS (Burnham Information And Rescue Support), which runs the information centre.

The group’s Chairman, Tom Ashton, reviewed a busy year of activities and said that while the centre had made a loss of £3,300 during the past year, this was less than the £8,500 loss of a year ago due to continuing fundraising and work to attract advertising.

Mr Ashton said it had been a “challenging year financially” but he praised the 41 volunteers’ dedication and said a number of new fundraising events are being planned for the year ahead.

Manager Ian Jefferies also thanked the centre’s helpers, praising the “huge dedication and commitment” put in and he thanked Sedgemoor District Council for their support.

He added that the information centre’s footfall counter had recorded 47,363 visitors over the past year, which was slightly down on previous years. “The figure is still impressive and shows a continuing big need for the centre here,” he said.

Tom Ashton was re-elected as Chairman, with the Management Committee being Ian Jefferies, Sandra Hubbard, Kate Sigrist, Mark Newman, Gail Cruickshank, Colin Morris and Vicky Banham.